PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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Speaker receives President of Morocco’s House of Councilors

Manama, Mar. 13 (BNA): Speaker of the 146th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Ahmed bin Salman Al Musallam, received today President of Morocco’s House of Councilors Naam Mayara and his accompanying delegation on the sidelines of their participation in IPU meetings.

Both sides stressed strong fraternal relations between both countries and peoples thanks to the care and support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The Moroccan parliamentary delegation expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Kingdom of Bahrain for its unwavering stance in supporting Morocco. They also commended tolerance and coexistence characterizing the Kingdom of Bahrain and the kingdom’s tireless efforts to promote global peace and security and enhance the Bahraini-Moroccan cooperation.

The meeting was attended by First Deputy Speaker Abdulnabi Salman, member of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee MP Hasan Ibrahim Hasan and MP Mounir Ibrahim Sorour.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Digital technology new source of discrimination against women: Guterres

The town hall with representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) was held as part of the annual session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), which meets in New York every March.

Its latest two-week session - known as CSW67, which runs through Friday - is focused on the theme of innovation, technological change, and education in the digital age.

Civil society also used the town to appeal for more action on other issues critical to women and girls, such as greater representation at the UN, ending the war in Ukraine, and eliminating all forms of gender-based violence.

A male-dominated world

In remarks prior to the dialogue, the Secretary-General spoke of the backslide in women’s and girls’ rights globally after years of incremental progress.

“Many of the challenges we face today – from conflicts to climate chaos and the cost-of-living crisis – are the result of what is a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture, taking the key decisions that guide our world,” he said.

Newfound discrimination

Mr. Guterres noted that digital technology – the product of an industry that is predominantly male - represents a new source of discrimination and bias.

“Rather than presenting facts and addressing bias, technology based on incomplete data and badly-designed algorithms is digitizing and amplifying sexism – with deadly consequences,” he said.?

“Medical decisions based on data essentially from men can damage women’s health.??Safety features based on men’s bodies can put women’s lives at risk, namely in the car industry,” he added, citing examples.

The gender digital divide is fast becoming the new face of gender inequality, he continued. Online spaces are not safe for women and girls, as they have been attacked, targeted, or denigrated on the internet.

Furthermore, “while 12 men have walked on the moon, not a single woman has done so,” he said, pointing to stereotypes that “push girls away from studying science, engineering, and math, and strangle the careers of women scientists.”

Keep pushing forward

Mr. Guterres said the situation must change, and in the face of the “patriarchal pushback”, the international community must push forward for?women, girls and the world.??

“Policymakers must create - and in some circumstances must reinforce to create - transformative change by promoting women and girls’ equal rights and opportunities to learn; by dismantling barriers and smashing glass ceilings,” he said.

He also called for all leaders to urgently take up UN recommendations that promote education and training in digital skills for women and girls, as well as algorithms that align with human rights and gender equality, among other measures.

Punish cybercrime

At the outset of the dialogue – which was moderated by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women – the Secretary-General insisted that participants should not only ask him questions, but also offer comments, suggestions, and ideas.

He interacted with them in groups of three, first listening to their interventions as a whole and then responding to the individual issues they raised.

Houry Geudelekian, Chair of NGO CSW New York, was the first to speak. She stressed that countries must find a way to hold perpetrators accountable for online violence targeting women and girls.

“Cybercrime should be punishable in the same way as any other crime,” she said. “Member States and the private sector have the power to reverse the regression in gender equality and uplift women and girls in all their diversity.”

Speaking in her personal capacity, she also called for the international community to reduce military spending by five per cent and instead channel the funding towards sustainable development efforts.

Young women demand change

Prabhleen Tuteja, Executive Director of YP, the Youth Foundation, asked the Secretary-General about greater representation of young women at the UN, particularly to ensure “feminist, intersectional and inter-generational leadership”.

Meanwhile, Rania Harrara from Morocco reported that young leaders were “pretty disappointed” that the town hall was taking place at the same time as a dialogue for youth representatives.

She highlighted other concerns around access to UN facilities, adding that many young people from the Global South could not take part in the conversation due to barriers such as lack of funding and visa issues.

“Equality and meaningful youth engagement is about digital access, digital literacy and digital safety for all adolescent girls in all of their diversity,” she said. “Adolescent girls are tired of being tokenized, and we require to be part of the policymaking.”

UN ‘rejuvenation’

The Secretary-General said he was surprised to hear about these impediments as the instructions were to allow all attendees to enter the UN facilities.

Regarding visas, he explained that they are issued by the host country, not the UN. However, he asked for examples of specific situations so that the matter could be raised with the US authorities to avoid the situation being repeated in the future.

Addressing the wider issue of youth participation, Mr. Guterres noted that while the UN has a strategy on gender parity, it has yet to adopt one on “rejuvenation” of the Organization.

“We need to have a younger UN,” he insisted. “Young generations are better prepared than myself to look into, for instance, the impacts of digital technologies in the way governance takes place globally.”

The Secretary-General also agreed with Ms. Geudelekian’s call for greater accountability for cyber attacks against women and girls, which he said is a matter that UN Member States should seriously examine.

A plea on Ukraine

One participant who said she represented Ukrainian women, gave emotional testimony about how the war has affected families in her homeland.

She reported that the independent delegation of Ukrainian women wrote to the Secretary-General last October requesting that he “immediately change the status of the United Nations”.

She underlined support for developing a new global mechanism to protect all countries from aggression, which drew applause from the room.

Mr. Guterres recalled that the conflict has generated the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, with women and children comprising the majority of those fleeing Ukraine.

“Women are indeed suffering in a way that is totally disproportionate in relation to this tragedy,” he said.

The Secretary-General upheld that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a violation of international law and the UN Charter, “and it has been very clearly expressed by us.”

He also underlined the UN’s ongoing humanitarian action and support, including efforts to renew the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which is set to expire in a matter of days.

Source: EMM/ United Nations

Royal Office: Moroccan position regarding Palestinian issue irreversible

Manama, Mar. 13 (BNA): The Office of His Majesty the King of Morocco has affirmed that “Morocco's position regarding the Palestinian question is irreversible. It constitutes one of the priorities of the foreign policy of His Majesty the King, the Commander of the Faithful and Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, who places this issue on a par with the question of the Kingdom's territorial integrity.”

Responding to a statement issued by a Moroccan political party, the royal office asserted that the “Kingdom's international relations cannot be the subject of blackmail by anyone or for any consideration whatsoever, particularly in the current complex global context. The instrumentalization of the Kingdom's foreign policy in a domestic partisan agenda thus constitutes a dangerous, unacceptable precedent.”

“The resumption of relations between Morocco and Israel took place in circumstances and in a context which everyone knows,” the statement added.

Source: Bahrain News Agency